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Sew Christmas Tree Skirt
Sew Your Own Christmas Tree Skirt
Making your own Christmas
Tree Skirt is simple, and can be done as a
project for the whole family to enjoy
Good fabrics to choose are
plain cottons (red, green or white), or you can
buy special Christmas prints in a range of
fabrics including cottons and plush velvets.
You can even choose contrasting colours for top
Depending on the thickness
of your fabric, you may also need some heavy
interfacing to sit between the two fabric
layers. If using cotton for top and bottom
layers, I would definitely recommend using some
interfacing between these.
For a 6' tall tree, your
skirt should be at least 44" round (or 112cm).
You will need two circles of fabric, so you
will need 2 yards of fabric (assuming the bolt
of fabric is at least 44" wide) or 1 yards of
each if using contrasting fabrics top and
bottom. In metric you will need 2 metres of
fabric (assuming the bolt is at least 112cm
wide) or 1 metres of each if using contrasting
fabrics top and bottom.
Don't worry about seam
allowance, as we will be finishing all edges
off with ribbon or bias tape (see Notions
We will need ribbon or bias
binding tape to finish off all of our edges.
The ribbon or tape needs to be a minimum of 1"
wide but can be up to 2" wide (minimum 2cm up
to 5cm), and we will need 6 yards of ribbon or
tape (or 5 metres).
For closures, I recommend
using Velcro tape yard will suffice (
If you have bought plain
fabrics, you may also want to consider buying
some coloured felt, so that you can cut out and
sew on colourful Christmas shapes such as
angels, Christmas trees, stars, snowmen, and,
if you are particularly crafty, perhaps even
Santa and some reindeer.
Drawing Your Pattern
The trickiest part of this
is drawing out the circle. What I have found
works for me is to tie my tailors chalk pencil
to a knitting needle (use one of your
children's coloured pencils in a contrasting
colour to your fabric if you don't have tailors
Now the length of the string
is important! That's what determines the size
of your circle. The amount of string between
your pencil and the knitting needle needs to be
22" (or 56cm) or as near as you can get.
If using one piece of
fabric, fold in half with right sides together,
and, using your measuring tape, find the exact
centre of the material. Mark the centre with an
"X". If you are using two pieces, I recommend
you do this separately for each piece of
I also suggest you weight
down the 4 corners of your fabric with some
heavy tins or books, as you want the fabric to
be taut, and to not move as you draw your
circle. If you can talk some family members
into holding the fabric for you so much the
Now place the pointy end of
the knitting needle in the centre of the
fabric, and extend your pencil to the end of
the string. Now smoothly draw your circle on
the fabric. Don't forget to turn the knitting
needle as you draw the circle, otherwise you
will end up wrapping the string around the
needle and your circle won't be perfect!
When the circle is done,
draw a straight line across the very centre of
your circle. Now we want to draw a 4" (10cm)
circle in the very centre of our larger circle
(for the Christmas tree trunk). Mark off on
your straight line 2" (5cm) each way from the
centre, and using a plate or bowl as a guide,
draw your 4" (10cm) circle.
Finally, we need to cut an
opening in the skirt and cut out the middle
small circle. Cut along the straight line we
drew earlier up to the inner circle, and then
cut out the inner circle. Do not cut the
material in half, only cut one side and the
inner circle. Now cut away the excess fabric
from the large circle.
Place your top fabric piece
right side down on your table. If you have
interfacing, place this on top now. Now place
your bottom fabric right side up on top of the
other fabric pieces. Make sure all of the edges
We are now going to pin on
the ribbon or bias binding tape. Start at one
of your outer edges where we cut the opening on
the skirt. Fold the ribbon evenly over the
edges of your fabrics and pin the ribbon or
tape so that the pin goes through the ribbon on
both sides of the fabric. Continue this all
around the outer edge of the skirt. When you
reach the other outer end of the skirt, snip
the ribbon to fit.
Stitch this section of
ribbon or tape in place.
Now, using the same
technique, pin the ribbon along the cut edges
of the skirt, and around the inner circle, and
back down the other cut edge. You should be
able to do this in one piece. Snip the ribbon
to fit. Before you sew on the ribbon, cut of
two pieces on the Velcro fastener, about 2"
(5cm) each. Pin this on the opposing cut edges
so that they will fasten neatly and keep the
skirt closed when it on your tree.
Stitch in place. If you have
used a patterned fabric, your Christmas Tree
Skirt is now complete!
Decorating Your Christmas
If you have used plain
fabrics, why not decorate it now by cutting out
and sewing on angels, stars, Christmas trees,
snowmen, Christmas parcels, holly, perhaps even
Santa Clause. You can use felt or coloured
Or, if you are not that
crafty, why not consider pinning on some small
plastic or wooden decorations! Or use some
fabric paint and write your own Holiday
By: Diane Ellis